Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bumper stickers

I'm trying to recall if I've seen a bumper sticker on a car in Europe. If I have to think about this hard, I guess they aren't that common.

In the states, you see them everywhere.

"My son is an honor student" is a common one, especially on a minivan or SUV belonging to a so-called soccer mom. "My daughter made the dean's list at (insert school)."

Lately, I've been seeing these:

"My bulldog/pitbull/German shepherd is smarter than your honor student."

I'm thinking of getting one that says "My cat is smarter than all your kids combined," but I'm afraid I'll get hit by an angry parent when I stop at the next traffic light.

My au-pair host dad and I used to joke about the bumber stickers when I first arrived. The stickers are common in Westchester County, where every parent wants to flaunt his or her child's progress and ability. My host dad wanted to have a bumper sticker made that said "My au-pair made the president's list."

It was innocent at the time (president's list = better than dean's list at the community college), but looking at it today I can see how it could have been misinterpreted. I don't really want to be on any president's list.

For a while, I had a sticker on my car that I got from some European airline's promotional package that said "Take a liking to a viking." It received rave reviews from my friends, until heavy rain peeled the sticker off one night. Oh well, it wasn't made to stick to a car anyway.

For now, I'll keep my bumper clear. I promise to let you all know when the next brilliant sticker crosses my path. Perhaps this one:


1 comment:

Anne Sofie said...

A long time ago I drove an old Saab, a beautiful black one... I miss her (it was a she, because she was so good!). Well, I had a sticker that I had bought in London, GB, that said: "This car may be old, but it's in front of you and it's paid for." This sticker wasn't on the bumper, but in the rear window, and the text wasn't very big, so when stopping for red light, I usually saw the driver behind bend forward trying to read, and then she/he usually smiled, or laughed. A few were disturbed by the message and tried to overtake as soon as possible. Do I have to tell you those drivers were males?